Hello fellow sailors, yachtsman etc, this is the first time I have posted on this site and hope I can offer some advice and perhaps receive some.
Mywife and I took delivery
of a 75 ft schooner 6 months ago, which was built in Bira, Sulawesi, Indonesia
of finest indonesian ironwoods and teak
. She is traditional gaff rig schooner with top sails
and 3 jibs flown fron the 8ft long bowsprit
We spent our first four months cruising around the Celebes and Moluccas Islands of Indonesia
which was only memorable for the corruption of the port and immigration officials. You need very deep pockets and patience in dealing with them. We crossed the Celebes Sea to the Sulu Sea, Phillippines in march which was very memorable for the marine
biodiversity, whales by the hundreds, dolpins, etc. The Samgir Islands are spectucular. A chain of perfectly formed volcanoes, mostly all active rising to 1800m and visible upto 46 miles away.
We have been in the Philippines
since the, crusing the islands of Visayas. very friendly, and hosiptiable. I employ some filippino crew at 3 usd a day, and they are excellent seaman.
In September we are planning to go to Irian jaya, PNG, Solomons and Australia
retracing the footsteps of Gen Macarther in his campaign against the japanese. Anyone with knowledge of sailing in Papua NG and Solomons would be gratefully received.
David - Schoonerman